Running To You Chapter 7

Home of Tamara Barnes – Evening “Where is he?” Without saying a word, Tamara nodded toward the couch. Penelope looked across the room at Derek’s sleeping body then back at Tamara. “Go on. You two really need to work things out. I’ll be upstairs, take your time.” “Thank you.” Penelope remained at her spot near the door until Tamara was out of sight. She wasn’t sure what she was going to say or if he’d even listen to her but she had to at least make an attempt. Taking a seat on the table in front of him, Penelope placed a shaky hand on his arm. “Derek.” He moved slightly but didn’t wake up. “Derek!” She repeated. Derek began to stir under her prodding. She gently shook him again hoping he’d open his eyes. “Derek, it’s Penelope wake up, please.” Derek’s eyes slowly opened and he turned to face her. “Penelope? What…how did you?” Then he sat up and began looking around the room rubbing the sleep out of his eyes and squinting to make sure he wasn’t having some sort of nightmare. “Tamara called me. Please don’t be mad she was just trying to help.” “Well, she didn’t.” He tried to stand but quickly fell back against the couch. “Take it easy. I’m so sorry…” “Please, don’t. You don’t have to explain. I get it.” “No you don’t. You don’t get it at all.” “What, that you don’t love me? Oh trust me, I get it! I heard you, […]

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Running To You Chapter 8

BAU Headquarters- Sixth Floor Storage Room – Derek in total disbelief walked around a large stack of boxes and came face-to-face with Penelope. Her shocked crimson-tinged look matched his and the two looked like gunslingers facing off waiting for the other to make a move. “What’s going on, Garcia?” “I was about to ask you the same thing.” Without answering her Derek moved swiftly past Penelope. The door was slightly ajar with the light from the hallway guiding him to the exit. Just as he was about to reach for the handle, JJ and Reid came into view both wearing mischievous grins waving at their friend as the door slammed shut in his face. “JJ! Reid!” Penelope turned to face the door watching as Morgan tried in vain to open the door. “Reid!” She yelled. “Open this door! NOW!” “Not until you two talk!” Reid answered. Garcia pushed past Morgan nearly knocking him over and began beating on the door. Morgan watched her he couldn’t believe he’d fallen for such a lame trick. “JJ, really…a storage room? Not very original!” “Hey, it’s the best we had at the moment! Now both of you are in time out until you stop being stubborn children and talk to each other!” “There’s nothing to talk about!” “Well then the two of you will grow old and gray in that room!” “Reid, if you don’t unlock this door right now I’ll erase you and no one will ever find you!” Then it was dead […]

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Running To You Chapter 6

Veteran’s Lake – Derek sat quietly thinking about the first time he had come here. The team had come back from a harrowing case, one where children had been the victims; six teenage boys…he couldn’t get the crime scene photos out of his mind. Even three years later the innocent faces with the dead eyes still haunted him in his sleep. He found himself coming here less and less now that Penelope had taken the place of the forty-five minute drive out of town. She was his solace now and… Her determined declaration of not loving him still stung, still pressed like a dagger into his heart. His heart had been his last coveted possession even though he wasn’t quite sure if he’d given it to her or she’d cleverly stolen it without him knowing how or when, she now held the deed to it lock, stock and barrel. Had he been so full of himself, so conceited that he’d imagined something between them that was not there? She didn’t love him. She’d spoken the words yet his foolish heart still didn’t want to believe. Suddenly the room had gotten smaller and his need for air and a way to save what was left of his pride became of utmost priority and so he ran…he had become quite good at running. BAU Headquarters – Penelope wanted to go after Derek but she stood stock still trying to deny the last few seconds of her life. Just as she found the […]

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Running To You Chapter 5

“Bet? What bet?” “Everyone else was far less optimistic in their estimate but not me! No sir, I knew it, I knew it! It was only a matter of time…” “Wait…a bet? Who else was in on this bet?” “Um let’s see…Dr. Reid, Dave…” “Figures!” “Ah…Hotch and…” “Not Hotch?” She nodded as she perused her memory. “JJ, Emily, Blake…” “Blake? She’s not even with the bureau anymore.” “Oh and Fran! Such a sweet mother you have there.” “Oh hell no, my mother was in on this, this…bet too?” “Yup! Won’t she be surprised! I tell you I thought she would be my closest competition but boy was she off!” Derek couldn’t believe his ears. His friends and family had taken bets on him and Penelope! How did they know, how could they? He didn’t even know. He carefully set his cup on the table and began pacing back and forth across the room much to Esperia’s amusement. “So now that you’ve admitted how you feel and traveled clear across the country, what are you going to do now?” Home of Dr. Spencer Reid – Evening – Reid had called for backup and now JJ had joined the two in the small cluttered apartment. Neither of them were having any luck with calming their friend down. “What am I going to do now? Derek’s in California and I’m here and…” “Well the first thing we need to do is call Derek and get him back home!” JJ offered. “He’s going to […]

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Running to You Chapter 4

“Garcia, what are you doing here?” Reid asked again. “I couldn’t do it! I couldn’t leave!” Penelope pushed past Reid into the apartment as he stood there, mouth opened and in shock. “Call me crazy but…” “Garcia! Morgan…” “Derek’s my best friend…”she continued. “I’m not sure I’m ready to walk away from my best friend!” “But…” “I’m humiliated, embarrassed and I probably won’t be able to make eye contact with him for at least a year but…” “Garcia!” “I’ll blame it on the alcohol…yeah, the alcohol!” “Garcia!” She paced the apartment pulling books from his crammed shelves examining them as she talked then putting them back. She hadn’t heard a word he’d tried to get in edgewise. “OMG Reid, Derek must think I’m some sort of lovesick…scatter-brained…geek!” “No, I’m sure he doesn’t…” “I know someone like him could never love me…what was I thinking, really?” “He loves you.” Reid spoke calmly watching as she explored his apartment. “I mean, I do okay but I’m not the girl that men cross a crowded room for…” “Garcia…” “No, no it’s okay. I’m gorgeous, I’m smart…I know but I’m not what men…vain men and we know my Hot Stuff, he’s the vainest of the vain…” “GARCIA!” She stopped dead in her tracks shooting a shocked look toward her distraught friend across the room. “What’s wrong?” “Morgan’s gone!” “W-what?” “He’s gone!” It didn’t matter that he had on his earphones or that his eyes were closed and his seat was reclined, Morgan’s grumpy travel […]

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Running To You Chapter 3

She was gone. That fact hit him square in the gut as his defeated body hit the sofa. He was too late and she’d given up and left town believing that he didn’t love her. He couldn’t accept that, he’d hurt her and humiliated her with his silence. Then it came to him as he hopped to his feet nearly running toward the door. Reid! He would know something. The entire team was like family but he, Penelope and Reid shared an even closer bond. JJ was her girl but he’d just left her house before seeing his mom and with the tongue-lashing she’d given him he knew she’d alert him if something were awry. So, jumping into his truck he headed toward his friend’s apartment. Derek was relieved to see Spencer’s car in his parking slot and he pulled in next to him. Taking the steps instead of waiting for the elevator he arrived at his friend’s door out of breath. He knocked twice before Reid slowly and cautiously opened the door a crack and peering out into the hallway. “Morgan?” “Hey Pretty Boy…” “I’m sorry…did we have plans?” “No. Can I come in?” “Well, I was just…” The odd behavior did not go unnoticed but Morgan would deal with that later, clearly he was hiding something. Maybe Penelope was there; he could only hope. So pushing the door open he stepped inside brushing past Reid without waiting for an invitation. “Gee, most people wait to be invited in…never […]

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Running To You Chapter 2

Home of Dave and Fran Rossi – Fran knew that look and she knew her son. It was the same look he would get as a boy whenever he got in trouble at school and had to come home and face her wrath. The man standing before her stood waiting for her to chastise him like she did the little precocious teenager years ago. “You know don’t you, Ma.” “You bet I know!” Then stepping aside she let him in. “You’ve definitely made a mess of things this time.” “I know Ma, I know.” “Have you eaten?” “I’m not hungry.” “Nonsense. Come.” He followed her into the massive chef’s kitchen and took a seat at the island while she began preparing a snack for her only son. “I blew it! I really hurt her this time. She’s never going to forgive me.” “Do you love her?” Fran turned to face him as she pulled last night’s roast out of the fridge. “Ma…” “Ma, nothing! Do. You. Love her?” “Yes Ma, I love her.” Fran grabbed the bread and began making a sandwich. She shook her head at the man who’d survived incredible grief and danger. He was one of the smartest people she knew but when it came to his feelings and when it came to his Baby Girl he was a complete idiot. “I want her lock stock and barrel. She’s the entire package Ma…” “Then why are you telling me? She’s the one that needs to hear this, […]

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Running To You Chapter 1

“I love you!” “I love you, too.” “No, I love you…I’m in love with you!” He looked into her glassy eyes speechless. She looked back waiting for his response but he simply stood in the middle of the floor with his mouth open in shock. “Baby Girl, I think I better take you home you’ve had one too many shots and…” “No, I’m not ready to go home…did you hear what I just said?” “Yeah, I heard you and… “And what?” “And I think you’re going to hate yourself in the morning.” “No…I won’t…” She slurred. They’d spent the last twenty minutes dancing and holding each other ignoring the world. He’d imagined holding her like this so many times but he had never been successful in getting her to dance with him until tonight. Now she was drunk off her ass and confessing feelings for him and he didn’t know what to say. He wrapped his arm tightly around her waist and pulled her close against his body. He could feel everyone’s eyes on them and he needed to get her out of there. He loved her, of course he loved her; he’d even told her as much but it had not changed anything between them. He was still her best friend and she had ended up in the arms of Kevin Lynch less than two hours later. Morgan couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t in love with Penelope Garcia…he wondered what she would say in the morning. Home […]

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